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Administrative Challenges in Practice is a capstone subject in the Melbourne Master of Public Administration, bringing together expert contributors from the Faculty of Arts, Law and Business and Economics. The Melbourne MPA is an interdisciplinary, globally-focused degree program for managers that work within or with government. This subject brings together learning from the three discipline core subjects, the three professional core subjects, and The World of Administration in a subject that addresses the management and administrative challenges that confront managers in a global world.
Drawing on leading scholars from across the faculties of Arts, Law and Business and Economics, the subject provides a unique opportunity to bring together theory and practice through the selection of a specific case/s which highlight the interdisciplinary nature of administrative and management challenges at the local, regional, and global level. Syndicate groups work together prior to the subject and during it, to address the challenges of a specific case of administrative/managerial action drawing together their learning from previous subjects and professional expertise.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- Understand the management and administrative challenges that confront public managers;
- Appreciate the interconnected nature of these challenges, and the power of applying interdisciplinary approaches to them;
- Understand the strategic environment in which managers operate and the relationships they develop to deliver on complex public policy goals; and
- Explore the local, national, regional, and global factors that impact on these managers and their environment.
On Completion of this subject students should have:
- a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness and complexity of the theory and practice of public management and administration in a global environment;
- an ability to combine theory and practice in order to address local, national and global managerial challenges, analyse contemporary issues of administration, and reflect critically on one’s own professional practice, applying learning from previous subjects in the MPA;
- well-developed interpersonal and communication skills necessary to a range of professional activities including report writing, workplace discussions, negotiation and management and lobbying strategies;
- the ability to draw upon an extensive repertoire of advanced professional skills including skills in leadership, negotiation, decision analysis and strategic management, in order to most effectively address administrative and managerial challenges that emerge at the local, regional and international level;and
- the ability to use creativity and initiative in combining theory and practice in order to address the complex challenges of management, working autonomously and in teams and taking an interdisciplinary approach.
Last updated: 3 November 2022